• no image Upcoming Seminar/Workshop: Advanced Visas Workshop

    Munro Doig is pleased to be part of Legalwise’s Advanced Visas workshop to be held on Tuesday 1 September 2015. The workshop will run from 2.00 pm to 5.15 pm at the Parmelia Hilton (Mill Street, Perth). Lester Ong, who heads Munro Doig’s migration pract...

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  • no image Is Your Binding Death Benefit Nomination Precise Enough?

    A recent decision of the Supreme Court in Queensland (the appeal period has now expired) has held that a binding nomination given by a super fund member to the trustee in favour of “the trustee of a deceased estate” was not valid for the purposes of the tr...

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  • no image Some Recent PIC 4020 Success Stories

    Public Interest Criterion 4020 (“PIC 4020“) is a notoriously difficult part of the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth). PIC 4020 in effect imposes a penalty of sorts on a visa applicant who “gives or causes to be given“: (a) information that is fals...

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  • no image New 457 English Requirements

    Following our previous article on Changes to the 457 Program, we are glad to announce that new 457 English language requirements came into effect from 18 April 2015. Legislative Instrument IMMI15/028 now sets out the following scores for the purposes of demon...

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  • no image Changes to the 457 Visa Program are Coming

    Traditionally, the 457 visa has been the visa of choice to address temporary skills shortages in the labour market. Since 2007, many adjustments have been made to the 457 visa framework depending on the government policy of the day. In September 2014, after...

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  • no image Visa Overstayers And Partner Visas: A New Conundrum

    Australian visa laws are designed to encourage visa holders to move seamlessly from one visa to another. However, in certain circumstances, visa holders may find themselves not holding any visa (the law calls them “unlawful non-citizens“) or holding bridgi...

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